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Finalists announced for Mega-Innovation Award

The finalists for the Mega-Innovation Award have been announced. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Mega-Conference.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette honored with Mega-Innovation Award

Congratulations to Walter E. Hussman Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — the recipient of this year's Mega-Innovation Award.

Newsonomics: Six takeaways from McClatchy’s bankruptcy

Will Chatham Asset Management, the hedge fund set to gain control of the company, want to operate it after bankruptcy? Or will it look to cash out via merger as quickly as possible?

Cox Media Group announces agreement to sell Ohio Newspapers to Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises Inc. will purchase the Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun and the JournalNews from Cox Media Group, which ensures that the papers can continue printing daily editions.

The Fresno Bee launches innovative journalism initiative to cover critical issues shaping the future of the San Joaquin Valley

The Fresnoland Lab, which will launch in late February, will test new approaches for engaging citizens and making local news more accessible to the community.

Hearst Newspapers announces strategic investment in The Martin Group

Hearst Newspapers has made a strategic investment in an award-winning marketing communication agency that will enhance the company's ability to offer customized marketing solutions and strategies that deliver measurable performance for clients.

Investigative reporting, breaking news, diversity coverage honored by CNHI

Among the top winners in the annual Best of CNHI contest for 2019 are: the Palestine (Texas) Herald-Press; The Daily Item of Sunbury, Pennsylvania; the News and Tribune of Jeffersonville, Indiana; the Tahlequah Daily Press in Oklahoma; the Cumberland Times-News in western Maryland; The Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia; and the Tifton (Georgia) Gazette. Congratulations!

Funding Outside the Box: Alternative sources for sustainable news operations

Next Monday afternoon, Mega-Conference attendees will hear about the latest responses to the need for alternative sources of funding, including the way Utah's largest newspaper became recognized as a non-profit eligible for tax-deductible donations and a newly-announced initiative by The Fresno Bee.

Adams Publishing Group chooses Brainworks Stratica as its enterprise-wide solution

Adams Publishing Group, a long-time customer of Brainworks, has announced plans to use Brainworks' Stratica Advertising & CRM solution company wide. Mark Adams, president & CEO, said Stratica will provide its sales reps with the forecasting and pipeline tools they need to identify and capitalize on revenue opportunities and growth.

FAA remote ID requirements hold promise, peril for journalists

While the FAA's proposed rule for drones has plenty for journalists to cheer, Stacey Woelfe, director of aerial journalism for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, says the peril of this new plan comes from how the data of who’s flying will be handled.

Our conference highlights, sessions

Putting challenges in perspective: Difficult doesn't mean impossible

"I love journalism," Mi-Ai Parrish told publishers gathered for the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, "and so do all of you. I love that we're watchdogs and storytellers. We're advocates, innovators. We're business strategists and community leaders. We're friends and neighbors, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We help connect our readers to the world and to the communities we serve. We enrich and inform, delight and unite."

How the Battle of New Orleans was Won

The "pirate" marketing tactics that The Advocate employed in the Battle of New Orleans played a key role in helping the paper overtake The Times-Picayune in the fight for dominance.

Hussman encourages all newspapers to adopt Statement of Core Values

In response to requests from a number of individuals since his talk at the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, Walter Hussman Jr. is sharing his Statement of Core Values on this website. He said: "I believe adopting a statement like this can help improve our relationship with our readers as a trusted and professional source on news."
Walter Hussman: Restoring faith in newspapers

Digital-not-so-ready: Initial findings from the GNI Subscriptions Lab

So what are the newspaper participants learning from the Google News Initiative Subscriptions Lab? Hint: Something about themselves.

In battle with digital giants, looking for a 'safe harbor' in Congress

The advocacy interests of America's Newspapers falls right in line with the first topic addressed at the Inaugural Meeting of America's Newspapers. The News Media Alliance's Danielle Coffey talked about frustrations she encounters when lobbying on Capitol Hill and the latest in the newspaper industry's campaign to get a fair revenue arrangement with the digital giants.

Take advantage of a tool everyone already uses: Email

Email is a daily part of millions of American's daily lives. So why aren't newspapers taking advantage of this amazing revenue generating opportunity? News-Press & Gazette Company's Kristen Frey and Observer Media Group's Emily Walsh talked about the insights they've gained from experimenting with email marketing.

Small is the new big: Niche publications that are year-round revenue generators

What do backyard poultry, goats and beekeeping have in common? All are niche interests that have been scaled into reliable revenue generators.

Protecting public notices and the vital information they provide to communities

Many advertisers find the process they must go through to place public notices to be frustrating, Legislators what to change the law to move legal notices out of newspapers (and onto state and local websites) and publishers are doing their best to make the process work. Where's it all heading and what will be key to hanging onto public notices?

Congratulations to our award winners
PJ Browning honored as E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year
PJ Browning: Recipient of E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year Award
Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing
Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, accepted the Carmage Walls Prize on behalf of Danny Heitman and Lanny Keller.
SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service
Edward VanHorn: Recipient of SNPA's Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award
Joyce McCullough honored with Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Joyce McCullough: Receipient of the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Former Forum Communications CEO honored with high Inland award
Lloyd Case: Recipient of the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award

A new champion for newspapers is born

America’s Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural meeting in Chicago.